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Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:34

Chicky   Don't envy you. Was quite relieved when oldest fairy child said she didn't want to learn. She's quite happy using buses! Don't think the other one will be though...

I still remember my Dad trying to teach my Mum - going round the local church car park. We must have been quite young.  I taught ex husband initially- he couldn't drive when I met him. Went off the idea when he reversed my car into a post though....  I forgave him and he was ok after that! Many an hour driving round a nearby industrial estate. I knew how to live! 


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:19

I'll try DD - or I can send daughter over with her trusty pickaxe...or maybe just a hoe   

Honeysuckle was easy BM - I hacked it back to the ankles and daughter did the rest...

It was a mess - didn't really flower and had been poorly maintained before I inherited it. All it was doing was providing a screen from prying eyes, tied onto the old bit of rotten fence which will be coming out.  I now have the same as Yvie - a big gap 

Have a nice nap Dove. I'll be off for a kip soon too 

Changing the purpose of a pond

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:39

philippa - we had a similar situation at my last house. Huge pond which had large koi and golden orfe in it which  had been overfed fro years, so lots of excess debris, but it was essentially a wildlife pond. We renovated a lot of it and improved it enormously, fed the fish less, and just tried to achieve a balance for everything in it. Masses of frogs, toads  and dragonflies and loads of other wildlife in and around it.  We couldn't have cleared it out without spending a fortune and several months of hard graft, and possibly ruining what was already there. 

I hope you can alter your pond Doreen and make it right for you. It's well worth it for the pleasure it brings, to you and the wildlife. The deeper you can  make it the better - even if it's just in a small part of it, with a graduating slope for access. It helps to prevent it heating up too rapidly in spring and  freezing solid in winter. I've had two ponds which haven't been any deeper than 18" at their deepest point and they've been fine, but it does depend on other factors like planting and location. 

Help - my rhododendron's poorly

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:25

Liri's right - the other bits in that pic are fine so unless it's in other areas it you can probably just take those leaves off and see how it goes. Rhodies are pretty trouble free on the whole unless they're in the wrong conditions or something obvious like strangled by other planting or suffering from drought. 

I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:20

I don't think I'm attentive enough for lots of cuttings if they're needing any kind of cossetting or attention nut. That's why I like that method for dianthus 

I think lots of plants might take that treatment. I'll let you do the experimenting while I build containers and fences....

I used to have Mrs Sinkins - was thinking of getting her again for this garden. Dianthus are great plants for any style of garden - they have great structure, beautiful  'perfect' little flowers,  tactile foliage, wonderful scent  and are great in containers. What more do you need?  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:12

But have you got the glasses to be Dame Edna chicky ?  I expect Elton might have a few pairs going...

How about a deep purple to go with the orangey roses ladies? BL - you have clematis Etoile Violette don't you? I think that sort of colour is great with orange. 

Help - my rhododendron's poorly

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:04

MrsG - is that the small one you talked about a while ago? It really doesn't look very happy there, but is it just a few leaves?  What's the rest of it like?

when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:02

That's pretty dwarf for a buddleia then Miranda 

I love buddleias even if they're a bit common - they're so good for bees and butterflies. Does your cream one look a bit scruffy when the flowers die back though? It's the one drawback of the whites as opposed to the  pinks and purples, but at least with a small one it's easier to keep on top of the deadheading!


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:57

DD   You'll get there 

Lesley -it's my fault, the chattering. That's what happens when I have time off work- I start to wander a bit and thoughts turn to all sorts of misadventure....

Buddleia now hacked and branches disposed of in various ways - honeysuckle likewise.  Oldest fairy got her pickaxe into the roots so it's pretty much gone to the big compost bin in the sky...well the local tip anyway. Plenty more little buds on the lower bits of buddleia to keep the bees and butterflies happy for a while yet, then it'll be going the same way unless I feel like attempting to plant it somewhere else. Unlikely though. 

I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:38

Brilliant nut - and we'll want proof that you're doing those cuttings too 

I layer and peg down dianthus as I've never been successful with them as cuttings so hope you do better than me! 


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